Buckeyes Host Top-Ranked Minnesota
Dec. 5, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s hockey team plays host to top-ranked Minnesota Dec. 7-8 at the OSU Ice Rink. The puck will drop Saturday at 6:07 p.m. and Sunday at 12:07 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013 – 6:07 p.m. ET
Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013 – 12:07 p.m. ET
Ohio State has an overall record of 5-9-2, 2-8-2 in the WCHA.
In the Polls
Ohio State is currently receiving no votes in the USCHO.com or USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Division I women’s hockey polls.
Last Time Out: New Hampshire
Ohio State earned its first series sweep of the season this past weekend at non-conference New Hampshire. The Buckeyes edged UNH 3-2 Saturday and finished off the sweep with a 2-0 victory Sunday. Senior goaltender Lisa Steffes started both games for the Buckeyes, making 23 saves Saturday and 21 saves Sunday. It was the first shutout for an Ohio State goaltender this season. Sophomore Kendall Curtis and junior Danielle Gagne had the game-winning scores on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. Sophomores Julia McKinnon and Melani Moylan, as well as freshman Claudia Kepler, all scored goals for OSU in the series also. McKinnon finished with a three-point weekend while Moylan finished with two.
Steffes Named WCHA Defensive Player of the Week
Ohio State women’s hockey senior goaltender Lisa Steffes has been named WCHA Defensive Player of the Week, the league announced Wednesday. It marks the second time this season Steffes has garnered this award and it is the fifth career WCHA weekly award for the Amherstburg, Ontario, native. She was twice named WCHA Rookie of the Week during the 2010-11 season and now has been WCHA Defensive Player of the Week three times including Nov. 2, 2011 and Oct. 23, 2013. Steffes, who has started eight games this season, is currently posting career bests in both goals-against average (1.61) and save percentage (.942).
News and Notes
Minnesota is coming off its second-consecutive national title run, and before losing to 3-2 to No. 4 North Dakota Nov. 17, Minnesota had won an NCAA record 62-consecutive games dating back to Feb. 28, 2012. The Gophers are now riding a new winning streak of four games coming into this series and have won 37-consecutive road games. This season Minnesota is led offensively by sophomore Hannah Brandt (9-20-29), junior Rachael Bona (8-19-27), senior Kelly Terry (12-12-24) and senior Sarah Davis (10-14-24). Sophomore goaltender Amanda Leveille has started every game while posting a goals-against average of 1.31 and a .943 save percentage. Head coach Brad Frost is now in his seventh season at the helm of the Minnesota program.
Buckeyes vs. Gophers
Ohio State and Minnesota last met in the WCHA Final Face-Off semi-finals, with the Gophers coming out on top 5-0. The Buckeyes are 8-55-1 all-time against Minnesota and their last win against the Gophers came back on Oct. 20, 2007.
The Buckeyes will be off for winter break following their series with Minnesota and will return to the ice Jan. 3-4, 2014, for a non-conference series and first ever matchup with Penn State. The games will take place at the OSU Ice Rink with Friday’s contest set for a 7:07 p.m. start and a 4:07 p.m. start is scheduled for Saturday.